Live: Watch and fact-check the 1st presidential debate
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The first presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle will be held Tuesday night, hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, where President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet onstage for the first time. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will serve as moderator. Yahoo News and other news media outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today, will provide a live fact check of the debate, highlighting select false, misleading or dubious claims made by the candidates in real time.

Tune in beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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  • Dylan Stableford


    The latest

    • Debate moderator and Fox News host Chris Wallace became impatient with President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as the two men continued to talk over each other during a heated first presidential debate.

    "Gentlemen, I hate to raise my voice, but why shouldn't I be different than the two of you," Wallace finally exclaimed.

    • As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump sparred over Trump's tax returns and the U.S. tax code, Biden called Trump "the worst president America has ever had" while urging the president to "show us your tax returns."

    • Trump and Biden kicked off the debate with Trump talking over both his opponent and moderator Chris Wallace, with Biden eventually telling Trump to "shut up, man."

    • The debate is scheduled to last 90 minutes with no commercial breaks.



  • 1 minute agoRebecca Corey


    Biden hits Trump on health care: ‘He has no plan’

    The first debate between President Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden quickly turned to a discussion of health care.

    The first question by moderator Chris Wallace was about the vacancy on the Supreme Court for which Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but Biden quickly pivoted to discussing how a conservative majority on the court could overturn the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, imperiling the health care of millions.

    Last week, Trump rolled out what he called a replacement plan for the ACA, but in reality it was a pair of executive orders with no legal standing. Trump also said he would lower drug prices “80 or 90 percent,” but there is no evidence his plan would do that. Trump criticized Wallace for asking him what his health care plan was, saying “I guess I’m debating you, not him, but that’s okay.”

    Read more.


    (Associated Press)



  • 7 minutes agoRebecca Corey


    Moderator Chris Wallace: 'Why shouldn't I be different than the two of you?'

    Debate moderator and Fox News host Chris Wallace became impatient with President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as the two men continued to talk over each other during a heated first presidential debate.

    "Gentlemen, I hate to raise my voice, but why shouldn't I be different than the two of you," Wallace finally exclaimed.


    (Associated Press)









  • 22 minutes agoDylan Stableford


    Claim: Trump says 100 million people don’t have pre-existing conditions

    Fact check: Biden said that if the Supreme Court strikes down Affordable Care Act, 100 million Americans with pre-existing medical conditions could be disqualified from them from buying a health insurance policy or cause them to pay significantly higher premiums if Obama's signature health law were overturned.

    “There’s 100 million people who have pre-existing conditions, and they’ll be taken away as well.” Biden said: “Those pre-existing conditions, insurance companies are going to love this.”

    Trump disputed the figure, saying 100 million people don't have pre-existing conditions.

    Trump is right. According to a 2017 government analysis recently cited by the New York Times, "as many as 133 million Americans — roughly half the population under the age of 65 — have pre-existing medical conditions."









  • 41 minutes agoRebecca Corey


    Claim: Trump says 'we guaranteed preexisting conditions'

    Fact check: Trump has frequently claimed he will always protect preexisting conditions despite evidence to the contrary and has even asserted falsely that he was the one who “saved” such protections.

    One of Trump’s alternatives to Obama’s law — short-term health insurance, already in place — doesn’t have to cover preexisting conditions. Another alternative: association health plans, which are oriented to small businesses and sole proprietors and do cover preexisting conditions. Neither of the two alternatives appears to have made much difference in the market.

    Democratic attacks on Republican efforts to repeal the health law and weaken preexisting condition protections proved successful in the 2018 midterms, when Democrats won back control of the House.

    — Associated Press



  • 1 hour agoKelli Grant


    First lady Melania Trump's chair awaits her arrival Tuesday before the first presidential debate in Cleveland. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)



  • 1 hour agoKelli Grant


    Joe Biden disembarks from his new campaign plane on Tuesday as he arrives for the first presidential debate in Cleveland. (Mike Segar/Reuters)



  • 1 hour agoDylan Stableford


    Fact-checking Trump’s false claim that Biden wore an earpiece

    Even before Tuesday’s debate began, the Biden campaign was pushing back against a claim promoted by the Trump campaign that the former vice president wore an earpiece to receive prompts from aides during a recent town hall and would do so again in Cleveland.

    There is no truth to those allegations, which according to USA Today, first appeared in a Facebook post after Biden’s appearance at a CNN town hall on Sept. 17, only to resurface Tuesday morning.

    “Joe’s flesh colored earpiece was spotted at his last town hall,” claimed one Facebook meme. “Staffers can give him answers at the presidential debates.”

    Videos of the town hall posted to YouTube show Biden's head and ear much more clearly than the photos used in the Facebook memes. He does not appear to be wearing an earpiece.

    “Of course he’s not wearing an earpiece,” Biden campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said Tuesday, adding that the Biden campaign “never asked for breaks” during the debate, another allegation that was floated by Team Trump. The president himself also repeatedly stated that he believed Biden would take performance-enhancing drugs ahead of Tuesday’s debate.

    Biden mocked the Trump campaign’s conspiracy-mongering in a tweet before taking stage.





  • 2 hours agoDylan Stableford


    Debate night

    It's finally here, the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election campaign between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, which gets under way at 9 p.m. ET live from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Yahoo News and some of our partners, including the Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today, will provide a live fact check of the debate, highlighting select false, misleading or dubious claims made by the candidates in real time. We'll also be providing live updates and analysis of key moments during the 90-minute debate. Glad you're joining us.




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